The secretary-general of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein,
sent a letter on Tuesday to the deans of haredi yeshivot directing them to
instruct their students not to sign any form that would obligate them to enlist
in the IDF.
Following the expiration on August 1 of the “Tal Law” that
provided a legal framework for yeshiva students to indefinitely defer military
service, ultra- Orthodox men reaching the age of 18 may no longer legally avoid
Until now, a haredi male approaching age 18, like all
Jewish Israeli males, would receive a tzav rishon (first draft notice) summoning
him to present himself at an IDF enlistment office for processing in the first
stage of being drafted.